Liberty University welcomes first class of MFA students

Lynchburg, Va. (PRWEB) January 14, 2015

Liberty Universitys School of Communication & Creative Arts welcomed its inaugural class of Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) students Friday, Jan. 9, in the Liberty University Art Gallery.

Last semester, the university announced the launch of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) and the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) programs, two of the most prestigious degrees in the arts industries. Both programs are initially being offered through the Department of Studio & Digital Arts (SADA). The B.F.A. will launch in Fall 2015.

In both programs, students can pursue studies in two-dimensional art (with courses such as photography, painting, and drawing), three-dimensional art (with courses such as sculpting and ceramics), and graphic design (with courses in web design, print design, illustration, game design, animation, and new media). The B.F.A. requires 127 credit hours and the M.F.A. 60 credit hours. Both degrees will be available online for the graphic design concentration this fall.

At the inaugural event, faculty and staff reminded the incoming students that they are making history in being the first M.F.A. class at the university.

Dr. Norman Mintle, dean of the School of Communication & Creative Arts, which includes SADA, called the students pioneers in the sense that they are starting something brand new.

The faculty here is committed to nurturing you as an artist, he told the students. We want to help you recognize the creativity God has given you because it is important for you to be to a spiritually inspired artist who delights in what you do because God delights in what you do as an artist.

Mintle also said that this degree is important because it allows students to receive a more focused concentration in their specific art form.

This program will enhance our students professional degrees so they will be more marketable when they graduate, Mintle said. It will also help them bring greater notoriety to the university and to themselves as others begin noticing the work they produce.

Todd Smith, chair of SADA, said the goal of the program is to send students into the art industry prepared for whatever may come their way.

The SADA Department provides numerous opportunities for graduate students to develop professionally courses, seminars, internships, exhibits, visiting artists, and real-world learning experiences, just to name a few, Smith said. Our goal is to further enhance their overall preparedness for the field of art and design, much like what would be available from other schools. In addition, and what makes a Liberty University M.F.A. distinct, is the goal of sending graduates into the field, whether as professors or in the industry, to be salt and light and to reflect Gods creativity.

The M.F.A. students were able to get to know their faculty and staff, as well as visit the newly renovated art studio, which was designed for their exclusive use.

Hannah Lynch, a student who will be studying sculptural art in the M.F.A. program, said she is looking forward to being nurtured as an artist in a Christian environment.

The arts tend to be more liberal (at other institutions), she said. Liberty is a great place to grow in your beliefs and to use God as your inspiration. I know (Liberty) will push me to excel.

About Liberty University

Liberty University, founded in 1971, is the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation, the largest university in Virginia, and the largest Christian university in the world. Located near the Blue Ridge Mountains on more than 7,000 acres in Lynchburg, Va., Liberty offers more than 450 unique programs of study from the associate to the doctoral level. More than 200 programs are offered online. Libertys mission is to train Champions for Christ with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for impacting tomorrows world.

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Travel and Leisure News Announces Holiday Events 2013

(PRWEB) November 07, 2013



Tubac, Arizona – The Over the Bridge Shopping Gala is held in The beautiful K. Newby Sculpture Garden in the Historic Artist town of Tubac, Az featuring Arts & Crafts booths, live Music and Flash mob dances. This Free event is every Saturday & Sunday from October 5- December 22, 2013 this is a kid friendly event with hands on craft classes at some of the participating booths. This Artist Colony consists of over 100 galleries and restaurants in a three block area. Contact Vesta Abel: 520-449-9249.



St. David, Arizona – The Fall Festival at the Holy Trinity Monastery in St. David, Arizona, will take place from 10 am to 5pm on Saturday, Nov. 9th and 10am to 4pm on Sunday, Nov 10th. Artists and crafters will be offering jewelry, wood and metal working, natural beauty products, and yard ornaments; shoppers strolling in the beautiful fall weather will find a wide array of unique gifts for their holiday list. A $ 2 donation for parking that includes a free raffle ticket is requested. For Fiesta information, go to or call (520) 686-1589.



San Francisco, California – San Francisco is renowned for celebration on a grand scale and the coming holiday season in the city-by-the-bay will be decked out in magical tradition this year. It all starts where this town of holiday lights meets the revitalized Waterfront and the Hyatt Regency San Francisco sits center stage with its virtual, over-sized snow globe. Promising daily snowfall in its Guinness Book of World Records largest lobby, the hotel is San Franciscos home for the holidays. The Holiday Destination Room Package features all the benefits of the hotels holiday amusements as well as all the nearby festivities. For reservations and information, visit or call (800) 233-1234.



Irvine, California – Irvine hotels invite visitors to experience all of the holiday happenings in the center of Orange County with special offers including complimentary breakfast and late checkout, along with gift cards and shopping certificates. Irvines family-friendly holiday activities, events, and special hotel offers, along with the destinations close proximity to all of Orange County make it an ideal destination for visitors to celebrate the holiday season. For a complete listing of holiday events and hotel specials, visit



South Windsor, Connecticut -Wood Memorial Library is hosting its 3rd Annual Gingerbread House Festival from November 29 thru December 15, 2013. This Festival is free to the public and features row upon row of colorful candy coated houses created by experts and novices alike. A “Gingerbread Shop” offers tasty take-home treats and the chance to do some holiday shopping. Located at 783 Main Street, South Windsor, Connecticut the Festival hours are Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am to 8pm, weekends from 10am-6pm closing on December 15th at 2pm.



Waterbury, Connecticut – The Connecticut Society of Santas, a 501 (C)(3) non-profit, will hold their 4th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday November 2nd and Sunday November 3rd, at CoCo Key Resort in Waterbury. Over forty amazing vendors, Festival of Trees, Parade with Santas, Mrs. Claus and Elves, music, magic, face painting and more, will provide guests of all ages a memorable time as they participate in the captivating sights, sounds, tastes and aromas of the holiday season. Donations of unwrapped toys or non-perishable food item suggested. Prize drawing tickets available.



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Chain Link Fence Manufacturers Institute, Fence Industry Design Experts Select Ghost House Project as Design Award Winner

Columbia, Maryland (PRWEB) February 06, 2015

The Ghost House is a public sculpture commissioned for Randall’s Island Park by the New York City Department of Parks in partnership with the Bronx Museum of the Arts. The concept for Ghost House originates with artist Wilfred Smith’s Fences Furniture sculptures, a series of furniture constructed entirely of chain link fence.

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All chain link products were generously donated and delivered on site to the project by Eastern Wholesale Fence Co., Inc. of Medford, NY. Park visitors are invited to use Ghost House for ball games, play, contemplation, or even live performance. The title for Ghost House pays homage to architect Philip Johnson’s structure of the same name in New Canaan, CT.

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Author Peter Scammell reveals mystery of ‘Donatellos Golden Boy’

EAGLE HEIGHTS, Australia (PRWEB) April 15, 2015

Fascination with Renaissance art and culture led author Peter Scammell to pen a thrilling mystery novel that weaves elements of both fiction and nonfiction. “Donatellos Golden Boy” (published by Xlibris AU) fuses intrigue, adventure and mystifying facts to illuminate the astounding wonders of this remarkable era in history.

A 530-year-old Florentine manuscript and drawn sketches resurface in the Baltic Seaport of Lubeck. Fine arts lecturer Elizabeth Harrington is asked by a former student to assist his family in the task of authenticating these renaissance writings and drawings currently in their possession. Harrington enlists the help of her mentor and work colleague, the Professor. As the manuscript is translated from its original Latin and light is cast on the mystery of the ancient text and drawings, Harrington and her mentor realize the importance of this discovery. They discover that the manuscript and drawings are a renaissance puzzle in the finest tradition of renaissance intrigue, power and art. As the puzzle unravels, the identity of Donatellos Golden Boy becomes clearer. Yet there are those who would reach from their ancient graves to suppress this secret.

Fast-paced and delightfully compelling, “Donatellos Golden Boy” blurs the line between fiction and nonfiction to a stylistic effect, spurring interest and provoking thought on the seemingly ordinary remnants of a bygone era.

“I believe this to be an intelligent and challenging read capable both of informing and entertaining readers,” Scammell says. “This book attempts to cast light on our modern existence through the prism of history.”

Donatellos Golden Boy

By Peter Scammell

Hardcover | 6x9in | 234 pages | ISBN 9781503503106

Softcover | 6x9in | 234 pages | ISBN 9781503503090

E-Book | 234 pages | ISBN 9781503503083

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Peter Scammell was raised and educated in the city of Sydney in Australia. He attended North Sydney Boys High School then went on to study for four years at the University of New South Wales. He holds a degree in art and education. After graduating from New South Wales University, Scammell worked in Amsterdam and London as a public relations executive, returning to Sydney to spend five years as an independent music promoter, organizing concerts and small festivals. Scammell left the city to raise his children in rural Australia, returning to teaching to support his young family. Scammell spent ten years in the art and media faculty of the North Coast Institute of TAFE before being headhunted to the private education sector, where he spent five years lecturing international-degree students in cultural studies, fine arts and the history of ideas. Currently, Scammell writes, paints and teaches on the Gold Coast of Australia. He has exhibited his paintings extensively and has works in both private and public collections in Australia. Scammell has written short stories and articles since his university days. Donatellos Golden Boy is his first novel.

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Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) December 02, 2014

A team of artists from the world-renowned United Visual Artists (UVA) has travelled to Philadelphia to install their latest creation in the lobby of 3737 Market Street on the University City Science Center campus. UVA will be on site for the installation of Blueprint through December 4th.

A digital installation, Blueprint embraces the relationship and parallels between art and science, creating compositions through the mathematical principles of logic that underpin life.

Exploring analogies between DNA and computer code, UVA have created the Blueprint series: works that pair genetics and code as the blueprints of artificial and natural systems. As the work slowly changes over time, patterns fluctuate between varying degrees of complexity. Blueprint uses the basic concepts of evolution to create an ever-transitioning image. With cells literally transferring their genes to their adjoining others, color flows like paint across the canvas.

Drawing up a unique colorful composition every minute, Blueprint presents the unlimited outcome that results from a single algorithm or a single set of rules.

UVA is a London-based art practice that combines a wide range of disciplines including sculpture, installation, live performance and architecture. UVAs work has been exhibited at institutions and galleries including the South Bank Centre, the Wellcome Collection and The British Library, all in London. Their United Kingdom commissions include the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Academy of Arts and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Outside of London, their work has been shown in Barcelona, Beijing, Hong Kong, Melbourne, New York, Paris, Sao Paulo, St. Petersburg, Taipei and Tokyo.

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UVAs open approach to collaboration makes them a natural fit for the Science Center, says Science Center President & CEO Stephen S. Tang, Ph.D., MBA. After all, collaboration is in our DNA at the Science Center. We are delighted to partner with UVA, the PRA, and Wexford to integrate art, technology and science at 3737 Market.

The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority is proud to have been a part of this project, says Brian Abernathy, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority. Blueprint, with its blend of technical sophistication and painterly digital composition, will be a dynamic addition to the collection of Percent for Art projects across Philadelphia.

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